Center Director and Professor - North Florida REC
The Center Director is the administrative head of the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) and provides leadership and support for research, extension and teaching programs essential to the agricultural, natural resource conservation, environmental and consumer interests of the area encompassing the eastern Florida Panhandle through the Suwanee Valley and much of NE Florida. A key component of success in the Director position is stakeholder engagement across these areas that will unify efforts toward common interests and identify stakeholder needs. The Director is responsible for encouraging development of proactive programs addressing present and future needs of surrounding agricultural, natural resource and urban communities. The primary responsibility will be administrative but there may be opportunities for research, extension, or teaching. NFREC programs seek to improve the viability of regional agricultural economics, protect and enhance natural resources, support sound urban landscape practices and encourage positive interests at the urban-agricultural interface.
The Center Director is responsible for effective management of NFREC resources - most importantly budgetary and personnel management - and for development of short- and long-term goals involving programs, equipment, physical plant and personnel. The Center Director is to actively seek private funding and endowments to enhance the sustainability of the NFREC. Encouraging and supporting faculty to seek extramural grant opportunities is a key job requirement. The Center Director will liaison with local, state, and federal agencies and will interact with UF/IFAS administration, county extension faculty, other UF faculty and staff, and agricultural and environmental leaders in accordance with the Center’s mission and goals. The Center Director is expected to use appropriate communication and management skills to promote teamwork among faculty and staff, delegate responsibility when appropriate, and make timely decisions. The Director is responsible for evaluation of NFREC faculty programs and initiation of tenure and promotion actions in consultation with department chairs and also must actively engage in filling positions after retirement on established programs. The Center Director is expected to work strongly towards establishing new faculty positions and programs with a clear vision for future agriculture and natural resource development goals for the region and the state. The Center Director will form stakeholder advisory committees, composed of clientele, to assist with program related recommendations and decisions and to generate support for needed facilities and equipment. The Center Director should initiate and encourage cooperative research projects with national and international institutions. The Center Director reports directly to the Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and is responsible programmatically to the Deans for Academic Programs, Research and Extension.
An earned doctorate in a field related to agriculture or natural resources with experience in conducting a major research, extension and/or teaching program with academic credentials equivalent to the full professor rank are required. The candidate should have demonstrated strong professional leadership, communication, interpersonal and administrative skills. Candidates should also have experience in obtaining legislative and financial support from commodity and industry groups and must show strong commitment to extension, research and teaching. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by May 31, 2021. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/85872 and submit:
- A formal letter of application that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s leadership skills and vision, administrative philosophy, and ideas on the role of an off-campus UF/IFAS Research and Education Center with diverse programs across three campuses.
- A current curriculum vitae which includes a biographical sketch, leadership roles, service, consultant roles, and a complete list of publications.
- Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation